The Madison-Danville Jaycees, in association with Rev Up Madison, have created three new murals for the Main St. of Madison, W. Va. The building at 483 Main St., which formerly housed the offices of Dr. Yutiamco, now features two murals on the front windows featuring a nature scene with the words “Welcome to Madison,” while the door features the familiar sight of train tracks. Local Jaycees President, Tyler Hensley, believes this is just the sort of thing the Jaycees do.
“I feel the Jaycees are a great part of our community and we try to do everything we can to make Boone County a better place,” Hensley said.
Hensley said that as active citizens, it is the Jaycees responsibility to step in when there is work to be accomplished. He said he wishes these murals will lift the spirits of the citizens of Madison.
“Madison has fallen into depression and I think these murals make it seem like a happier place,” Hensley said, “I hope people can find a little hometown pride in them.”
Carolyn Mullins, the President of Rev Up Madison, said she wanted to pursue this project because she wants visitors in town for the Coal Festival to see that the citizens of Madison are working to bring life back to the city.
“We never know who is coming. People come from out of state and maybe they’ll look and see that we’re trying to revitalize our town,” Mullins said, “I think that the mural on the door and the windows will show that we’re starting again and working hard.”
Mullins said these murals are just the first step in their revitalization process. Rev Up will decorate all the buildings with vacant windows on Main Street, as well as working to improve the parking lot on State Street. She said they have received a grant that will allow them to plant trees and paint a mural on the wall there as well.